Trick-or-treating on Halloween is a fall tradition, but this year may be a bit different. There are lots of cool, still-in-the-spirit-of-fall activities you can do this month that will be fun for kids and grownups alike.
If you want to give your kids Halloween fun without the safety concerns of going door-to-door, how about car-to-car? Organize a get-together with a few friends. line up your cars and decorate the car trunks in full Halloween or autumn fashion, with spooky games and prizes if you want. Different ideas for trunk-or-treat include bean bag tosses, face painting, bobbing for apples and pumpkin decorating.
Mini Pumpkin Hunt
Another fun alternative to trick-or-treating is decorating and searching for mini pumpkins. This is a two-part activity. Get some mini pumpkins, paint, google-y eyes, glue and any other art supplies you want. The entire family can get into it! Once you finish painting, let the pumpkins dry overnight. Then comes part two. Take a page out of Easter’s book and hide the pumpkins. If it isn’t too chilly, you can hide them outside in the yard. Finally, set the family loose to find them all! The person who finds the most can win a prize.
To complement your mini pumpkins, you can make a bunch of other fun and easy crafts for Halloween. Lollipops, tissue paper and yarn can be used to make little ghosts. You could buy some orange and black crepe paper, Mason jars and artificial tea lights to make lanterns. Create Halloween masks or jack-o-lantern garlands out of paper plates. Enjoy some good old pumpkin carving. The possibilities are endless, and the time spent together as a family is always fun.
Beating a cardboard character with a stick and making it rain candy and treats sounds like a great alternative to trick-or-treating! Just pick up a giant pumpkin or ghost-shaped piñata, fill it with candy and let the games begin!
Whatever you decide to do this Halloween, just be sure to stay safe. You already have a mask!